How has your network changed the way you learn?
Mind mapping has organized my mind space by giving me a real time visual of my learning. I have more opportunities for deeper thought and broader exploration of ideas and concepts by being able to see my thoughts mapped out. Furthermore, by taking each of these components in my learning network and breaking them down into further detail I will be able to see which elements of those outlets will be most conducive for building a professional network. My network is broken down into traditional and digital learning acquisition styles. Traditionally, I have stayed up with current trends from magazines, newspapers, brochures, pamphlets and even the occasional mail out. Presently, digital acquisition dominates my informal and formal learning processes. Digital acquisition allows me learn more information in shorter periods of time.
Digital learning acquisition also enhances the formal learning process by forming a daily discipline that is revolved around seeking new information, thus, making learning and applying new concepts in formal settings more manageable.
After realizing how my learning network is connected, I am inspired to design and deliver content in similar ways. Content cannot be one dimensional. Content must be able to reach across different platforms to reach people as they inter-connect digitally through shared culture and social interest.
What digital tools best facilitate learning for you?
Social media websites and professional networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn facilitate the best learning for me. My Facebook page allows me to read and share posts that interest me. I use my Facebook timeline to like, post and share links that raise awareness to issues that threaten knowledge and safety in public education and Black communities. LinkedIn allows me to follow other professionals and the educational industry and instructional design industry. I read discussions and participate in network building and idea sharing
How do you gain new knowledge when you have questions?
I use search engines frequently to answer questions. I also will ask someone that I know has experience or knowledge of the issue in question. Recently, when doing research for a business start up, I interviewed several professionals that have either retired or were currently active in that particular industry. By combining research from resources online, information gathered from interviews and private conversations with professionals I am able to answer most questions that I have with new concepts.
In what ways does your personal learning network support or refute the central tenets of connectivism?
According to John Siemens,”connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly all trying to foundations. New information is continually being acquired. The ability to draw distinctions between important and unimportant information is vital. The ability to recognize when new information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday is also critical.”
My learning network allows me to get daily updates of trending information that are centralized around my interest. I learn from other nonhuman appliances because I use devices such as my iPad, iPhone, and iMac to stay connected to the Internet at all times. My devices show information in real time and update me with alerts when information changes.
I rely on the diversity of opinions by referring to alternative new sources as well as popular news outlets to verify current events. This is important for me to analyze the truth about what’s really going on in the world. I connect to specialized nodes of information sources by syncing my devices to alert me instantly when information changes.
I have an increasing capacity to know more about what is currently unknown; staying motivated allows me to learn more about why things are the way they are so that I can readily identify needs and design strategies, courses, trainings, workshops, webinars, meet-ups and other similar outlets for the purposes of education and protection of liberty and equity.
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Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Connectivism [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu